Genetically Modified Foods

1101 WordsFeb 19, 20184 Pages
Ever wondered what has been put into everyday food and what the impact is on human health? Approximately 60-80 % of everyday food has one ingredient made from genetically modified foods. When hearing “genetically modified food” people automatically think it is only bad for health, but there is also a good impact surprisingly. The one bad thing is that people do not know what types food have been modified because there are no labels for GMO products. Even though GMOs have a bad impact on human health, it also has a good impact. First off GMOs are genetically modified organisms or transgenic crops. In other words, GMOs mean “splicing genetic material from one organism (plant, animal, bacteria or viruses) and transferring it to another” (Freedman). Gene splicing is one of the many different ways GMOs are created. The different methods of creating GMOs all consist of the same idea; taking a specific trait or gene from one organism and transferring it to another organism. For example, “genes that help cold water fish survive low temperature can be inserted into a strawberry to make it frost-resistant” (Deakin University Australia). Biotechnologists aren’t just putting together some random chemicals to make strawberries frost-resistant. Biotechnologists take specific genes, which are biological unit that determine an organism’s inherited character and take them from the fish and insert it into a different form of food; which in this case are strawberries. GMOs are mainly

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